Durakerb, sustainable road kerb made from recycled plastic that featured in the January issue of Building Engineer, has been awarded the Certification for Highway Products and Systems under the Highway Authorities Product Approval Scheme (HAPAS).
The HAPAS scheme, set up by Highways England, the County Surveyors Society (CCS) and the British Board of Agrément (BBA) provides national approval assessment, testing and certification for products and systems for use on highways and roads.
Durakerb was first developed in 2003 to help satisfy the rising demand for environmentally friendly construction materials. It provides a sustainable alternative to the traditional concrete road kerb as each unit is comprised of 88% recycled polymer. Waste is diverted from landfill, and the atmosphere is saved from carbon emissions as its production process requires fewer intensive processes in comparison to using raw materials.
John Albon, Chief Scientific Officer at BBA, commented: “The key to producing a successful sustainable product or system in the construction industry is to ensure that it is fit for its purpose, meeting or contributing to meeting the minimum requirements of the UK’s Overseeing Organisations (Highways England (HE), Transport Scotland, the Welsh Government and the Department for Infrastructure (Northern Ireland)), complying with the construction regulations, and maintaining a rigorous quality control procedure from production to installation. This is confirmed by the award of BBA HAPAS Certification.”